Taken in 1997, Junish when I did one weeks work experience with the fantastic photographers of the legendary newspaper, The Irish Times.
These photographers were and are the creme de la creme of the Irish press and it was a delight to have come back from a shoot with one to see the others arriving back in dribs and drabs with their various visual booty.
Everything was shot on film still but the negs were processed on the spot and slapped onto a lightbox where with sharp eyes and the aid of a lupe selections were rapidly made to be neg scanned there and then for the photo editor to choose from.
One simple rule was no adding or subtracting anything , dodging, burning, cropping all ok.
One guy had to shoot an infestation of rabbits in a field, there were hundreds if not thousands of them but a wide angle shot showed little or nothing and when he used his telephoto he only ever managed three rabbits. The fact was voiced that with photoshop they could always composite the rabbits to give more of the, in fact, true story but this was an absolute no no, either you got the shot or you did not. I respected them all the more for this as if it applied to rabbits it applied to baton or non baton wielding policemen and rioters.
I got this shot of a line of cub scouts and girl guides by borrowing the pro’s 600mm monster. What a joy of a lens.
One week and a great experience at the Irish Times encouraged by my lovely Auntie Helen.
Makes a great card for those that dare to be different, or St. Patricks Day whichever you see as most likely to get you to part with some cash.